Today's Birthday 16/7

Greta Stonehouse
Fiona O'Loughlin has spoken out about her struggles with alcoholism and depression

Today's Birthday, July 16: Fiona O'Loughlin, Australian comedian (1963 - ).

When Fiona O' Loughlin was admitted to hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning the doctors told her children she had about a 7 per cent chance of living.

O' Loughlin spent the next four weeks in a coma, a near-death experience she blames on her alcoholism at the time.

"Yes, it was leaking carbon monoxide - but I was not in a fit state to look after myself," O Loughlin said on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2018.

"Blaming the heater would be like saying, 'I got into my car under the influence and hit a power pole', so it's the car's fault I had the accident."

The wake-up call forced the troubled comedian to "face the music" she'd long been ignoring, and she spent the next five months recovering in rehab.

O' Loughlin was born in the wheatbelt town of Warooka, South Australia.

After relocating to Alice Springs, the self-described stay-at-home wife and mother cracked the comedy circuit in her thirties.

The late bloomer has appeared in a number of Australian series including Spicks and Specks, Rove Live, Good News Week and Hughesy We Have a Problem.

In 2007 she was dumped from her "all-star" commentating spot on Seven Network's Sunrise after viewers complained her humour was offensive.

Two years later O'Laughlin admitted to being drunk and on antidepressants during her performance at Brisbane's QPC, which was cut short after she collapsed on stage. Despite this, she continued her stint on reality show Dancing with the Stars (2009).

O'Loughlin lived in Alice Springs for 27 years before she split from her husband in 2012 and relocated to Melbourne.

The mother of five says her daughter saved her life in 2014, following a suicide attempt. She's spoken publicly about it to raise awareness around alcohol abuse and depression.

In 2018 she appeared on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here after missing her first appearance following an alcohol-fuelled bender. She ended up winning the series and donated the $100,000 prize money to Angel Flight charity.